Do you feel a touch of the Winter Blues coming on? When the wind back-hands you in the face with a frigid sting so severe that it burns, sending both you and your dog fleeing for the cover of your well heated home‚Ä¶ perhaps it‚Äôs time to begin planning a retreat to warmer ground? Look no further than the warm, golden sands and the soothing, turquoise waters of the Canary Islands to bring the radiance back to your life.
Where are the Canary Islands?
The Canary Islands are part of the European Union and are a nationality of Spain. The official language is Spanish and the currency is the Euro. Geographically, the Canary Islands are located about 100 km off the western coast of Africa. There are 7 primary islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro (listed from largest to smallest). A subtropical climate provides the archipelago with mild spring-like temperatures year-round, and what is equally striking about the islands is their volcanic terrain.
Get to know each island. Tenerife boasts Spain‚Äôs highest summit above sea level, and Mount Teide is classified as the world‚Äôs 3rd tallest volcano. You will be able to star gaze under one of the best skies in the world on La Palma Island, and if astrophysicists have deemed this as a hub for one of their top observatories on the planet, then I would trust them as being in the know as far as where the prime spot to view the sparkling luminaries from up above. Gran Canaria Island has, quite possibly, the best climate on Earth, and you will have access to all the modern amenities in the buzzing, resort city of Las Palmas. Take a flight or a ferry from island to island and decide for yourself which water enveloped paradise is your favorite.
Hit the Beach
With over 250 km of amazing beaches to choose from, the Canary Islands are, indeed, a sun-bather‚Äôs dreamland. Each strip of sandy shoreline is unique and absolutely wondrous. There are secluded coves, long stretches of soft golden sand, swimming areas surrounded by cliffs, natural pools that have formed within volcanic craters, and the list incredible beach alternatives goes on. Just as there are no shortages of pristine shorelines to select from here, the same goes for the abundance of outdoor activities you will encounter in the Canary Islands.
To Splash or not to Splash
There is surely something for everyone to enjoy here, whether it is taking leisure by land or sea. Simply soak up the sun‚Äôs rays while listening to the lull of the surf in the background, or take the family on a camel-back day trip through Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote Island. Those looking for more extreme water sports will be delighted to take part in surfing, scuba diving and jet-skiing opportunities available. Discover the vibrant culture of the friendly locals that make up the cities and towns that are dispersed throughout the 7 main islands, and take some time to learn and try new things.
So, what are you waiting for? Things have already frozen over for the season. Book your airfare today and get the lowest rates on flights to Tenerife and cheap flights to London with Fly Europe.